The appointment of 21 leading agents from 13 nations and territories follows a comprehensive selection process by STH, the company appointed by World Rugby to exclusively manage the global supporter tour programme.
Details regarding travel packages, prices and on-sale dates will be announced by the OTAs in early 2018, with agents eligible to be on sale from January 2018.
Supporter tour programmes have been a highlight in the Rugby World Cup success story, with sales for England 2015 exceeding 185,000, 100,000 for New Zealand 2011 and 180,000 for France 2007.
With up to 400,000 international visitors anticipated for the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, demand is expected to be strong.
World Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said: “The international travel and ticketing programme has been one of the major success stories for Rugby World Cup, proving a hit for sports fans from around the world with its unforgettable memories and exceptional experiences.”
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of 20 leading Official Travel Agents for Rugby World Cup 2019. This is a key tournament milestone and the announcement so far in advance of the tournament means that fans can really start to plan their Rugby World Cup 2019 experience.”
“The Supporter tour programme also plays a part in the growth of rugby worldwide, with the tournament’s commercial programme providing the financial engine that enables World Rugby to invest record sums in community and elite rugby to promote sustainable growth at all levels.”
STH Chief Executive Simon Jefford said: “All of the OTAs appointed have demonstrated their commitment and desire to provide the best service and tournament experience for rugby fans throughout the world who will travel to Japan in 2019.”
“With up to 400,000 supporters expected to travel to Japan for the tournament, fans will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of match ticket inclusive supporter tours, offering a wide range of ways to experience the tournament in 2019.”
Rugby World Cup 2019 will be the ninth tournament and is on course to write another memorable chapter in RWC history. For more information regarding the supporter tour programme please visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours.
The appointed OTAs are:
Argentina: Delfos Tour; Play Patagonia; Tower Travel Sports
Australia: Events Travel; Gulliver Sports Travel; Kingdom Sports Group (KSG); Sportsnet Holidays; We Love Rugby
France: Couleur Rugby; Event Team
Great Britain: England Rugby Travel
India: Fanatic Sports
Ireland: Club Travel
Japan: JTB Corp
Malaysia: Red Tix
New Zealand: All Blacks Tours
South Africa: Edusport Travel and Tours; SA Rugby Travel
United Arab Emirates: dnata Sports Travel
USA: USA Eagles Tours
Full details regarding the tournament ticketing programme, including prices and on sale dates, will be announced later in the year.